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July 23, 2015

Complements of Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Apopka, FL

This Week's Fishing Report

As I sit down to write this report, a quick review of this weekend's weather reveals a monsoonal flow of moisture working its way into the Florida from the Gulf of Mexico. Starting tomorrow, (Friday) through Sunday, 8 to 10 inches of rain is predicted. Currently, the summertime doldrums exist producing excellent fishing conditions both inshore in the lagoons and offshore in the Atlantic, but it's hard to predict how 8 inches of rain will affect the fishing, so all I can say is if you go fishing this weekend, be safe on the water and keep an eye on the radar.

In the north Indian River and Mosquito Lagoons, fishing has been excellent with the early morning sea trout bite being the best, followed by some fairly good redfish action. In addition, the predawn bioluminescence has created an added level of adventure to our trips. The hot bait for sea trout this past week was the LiveTarget Scaled Sardine Twitchbait fished in around 18-inches of water. For redfish, our best action accrued in the shallow flats where site casting with a DOA 5.5 jerk bait rigged weedles resulted in some quality fish.

Offshore as predicted, the cold water upwelling has settled in chilling inshore waters as low as 70 degrees. These cold conditions have disrupted normal fishing patterns, so it's anyone's guess on where the fish will be. The key in this case is to keep moving in search of the warmest water you can find and also look for concentrations of bait. This past week, the most exciting bite has been good numbers of hard pulling bonita schooling up just outside of Port Canaveral.

The fishing should remain good despite the massive amounts of rain and thunderstorms predicted, so keep a close eye on the weather and go fishing.

Mark and Bobby share a Lagoon moment together once again.

Mark and Bobby share a Lagoon moment together once again.

This past week I have the pleasure of fishing with Mark (left) and Bobby on the north Indian River Lagoon. Both live locally here in Central Florida and had fished together on the IRL over 20 years ago. Both anglers talked about how tough the fishing had gotten before the Net Ban, and both were highly impressed on how good the sea trout bite has gotten. I could clearly see that my charter carried both of them back to their youthful days on the lagoon, as it carried me back as well. Life is always good on the lagoon.

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Fishing Forecast

August, 2015

Complements of Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Apopka, FL

The heat is on, and fishing opportunities have been challenging along the Indian River Lagoon Coast of Florida. So far, the summer squalls (hurricanes) have stayed away, and as long as they do, fishing along the beaches and in the inlets will remain good. On the other hand, inshore water quality issues exist on the Indian River Lagoon system. Currently, a moderate alga bloom has moved into the Banana, Mosquito and Indian River Lagoons, but there are still some areas of clean water in some locations.

Angling on the in-shore lagoons will hopefully show some improvement, and finding clean water will be the key to success Look for small groups of redfish in the skinny water holding in the vicinity of bait concentration, and target them utilizing smaller top-water plugs like the Storm Chug Bug. Once the sun starts to grow hot and the top-water bite will slows down, bait becomes your better option. For larger trout, fish live pigfish in close to docks and other structure adjacent to deeper water. In deeper water, look for large schools of ladyfish, small trout, and tarpon pushing schools of glass minnows near the surface.

Near-shore Kingfish

Near-shore Kingfish

Along the beach out of Port Canaveral, look for the silver kings (tarpon), smoker kings, blacktip sharks, jumbo jack crevalle, and redfish to be shadowing pods of Atlantic menhaden (pogies), threadfin herring (greenies), Spanish sardines, and bay anchovy (glass minnows) in close to the beach. Also look for snook fishing in the surf to improve as we get closer to the commencement of the fall bait run. Remember snook are out of season, so if you target them, please handle and release them with extreme care. In and around the inlets, look for Spanish mackerel, tarpon, jack cervalle, and bonita to be working schools of glass minnows on the outside, and snook, redfish, mangrove snapper, and flounder in the area of jetties and other structure. If snook are of interest, Sebastian Inlet is the place to be.

Summer Jacks are Fun

Summer Jacks are Fun

The Labrador Current as it's known has pushed in cooling bottom water temperatures into the 70's. Studies have shown the phenomena is created by coriolis effect and prevailing west wind pulling the warm surface water offshore and the cold bottom water moving up to replace it, but either way it can equate to some tough fishing.

Look for the blue water bite to improve along the inshore reefs and wrecks of Chris Benson, 8A Reef, and Pelican Flats, with kingfish, dolphin, black fin tuna, and cobia serving as the primary species, along with an occasional wahoo or sailfish. This is also the time of year when cooler waters sometimes pushes the giant manta rays in close to the shoals off the Cape, bringing cobia with them, which has been the cast for the past three weeks. Further off shore, the Gulf Stream typically moves in closer making tuna a possibility for smaller boats working in the areas of anchored shrimp boats and thermals, and as long as the summer squalls (tropical storms) stay away, running to the other side of the stream isn't out of the question.

Captain Tom Van Horn